a critiQal film review Blade (1998)

Plot: Blade (Snipes) is a daywalker. He has all the strengths of a vampire, but none of their weaknesses, save one - he has the thirst. When he encounters new vampire Deacon Frost (Dorff), he and his mentor Whistler (Kristofferson) are in for the fight of their lives.

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  • ...easily the best vampire film in recent memory - and Wesley's most memorable character since Nino Brown.

After seeing Blade II (2002), I just had to go back and re-watch the original. The original, as usual, far outdoes the sequel. Blade has a great storyline, some pretty nifty special effects, and the actors do a good job of bringing this fantasy to reality.

Snipes plays Blade to the hilt. He looks like he’s really gotten into this role, and loves kicking vampire butt. Even though he doesn’t show much emotion, his character isn’t supposed to, so the brief glimpse of a smile adds that much more. Even when he encounters sad moments, you can tell he’s struggling to keep a straight face, and not get down about it. Kristofferson has a somewhat minor role, but plays it excellently.

And Dorff is the ultimate vampire bad guy…I haven’t seen one better (And don’t even try to compare Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), okay?). He oozes evil, and also has intelligence and cunning – which all help make him a guy you love to hate.

The plot of Blade is great as well. The interaction between Blade, Kristofferson and the doc are great, and not overplayed. The doc seems to be attracted to him, but they don’t delve too much into that, which would have ruined the movie. The whole storyline of old vampire ways vs. new vampire ways is also a good one.

The special effects for the most part are spectacular, especially the vampire bodies dissolving after they are struck by silver. The pulping vampires (you have to see the movie to understand) are a bit odd, but how can you show that believably? All in all though, I was very impressed.

The special features are unique. The DVD does have a lot of special features, but not the normal ones you would expect. Sure, there is the theatrical trailer, but there is also a back story on La Magra and vampire lore, which is great. And, for the time it came out, the animated menus are pretty impressive too.

From it’s opening nightclub sequence to the climactic final battle, it will keep you glued to your seat. It’s an action-packed dark fantasy that is sure to entertain. After you buy this one, you’ll want to rush out and see the new one (Blade II (2002)). Even though the second one isn’t as good, you’ll be craving for more Blade after this movie.

Buy it. You won’t be disappointed.

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